I don't know why the Board of Education let Cipperly go - outside of, according to the above clip, that they want to use active teachers in coaching roles - but I have to give the Board credit for listening to the public and bringing him back.
That said, I've never heard of the guy. But that doesn't mean anything since I really don't follow high school sports any longer. Obviously, given the outpouring of support the coach received after he was initially fired, many do follow it and care enough to show up at the BOE meeting to successfully convince the Board into changing its mind.
Sounds like it's a win/win/win and how things are supposed to work. The Board wanted to make a change - which is not necessarily a bad thing - the public didn't like it and voiced their opinion about it. The Board listened and went back on their previous decision. And Cipperly, who is by all accounts a pretty good coach, got his job back to the delight of his players, past and present.
That's why I like politics more. If Cipperly were in the political realm, he would hold a grudge, make the BOE president's kid run sprints instead of kicking a soccer ball around (it's a hypothetical because I don't have any idea if the president's kid plays soccer or not) and then sue the BOE for causing he, his family and his dog emotional distress. In turn, the BOE, not liking it's authority challenged, would hunker down, go into executive session and start a whisper campaign - complete with a fake Twitter account with the hashtag #coach'spervertcousin - against the coach for improper behavior his third cousin may or may not have engaged in back in 1979 ... on school grounds, no less.
In the end, outside of the BOE having a little egg on its face, which comes with the territory, everyone is happy. Happy endings do not lend themselves to column fodder.